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16 Stunning Maternity Photo Shoot Dresses for Unforgettable Photos

Take your portraits to the next level with a gorgeous maternity photo shoot outfit.

Pregnancy is an incredibly special time in your life, so of course you want to document it–baby bump and all. Most women schedule a maternity photo shoot sometime between 28 and 32 weeks (aka the sweet spot before you’re too uncomfortable for a portrait session). Of course, once you’ve decided when you’re posing for pictures, it’s time to decide what you’re posing in. Our advice? Pick a maternity photo shoot outfit that accentuates your beautiful bump. It’s what you’re celebrating, after all!

As you’re browsing through maternity dresses for pictures, pay attention to style and fit. Consider clingy fabrics and figure-hugging silhouettes if you really want to emphasize your shape. Or, you can go all out with a sheer or open-front gown!

For something more subtle, try dresses with strategic ruching or belly-area embellishments. Whatever you wind up choosing, at the end of the day, the best maternity photo shoot dresses can be glamorous or understated, as long as they make you feel like the gorgeous mama-to-be that you are.

Start (and end!) your search with this list of bump-friendly maternity photo dresses. Don’t feel like buying something you’ll only wear once? Consider borrowing a dress from Rent the Runway's super-chic maternity collection.

Photo: Courtesy Ingrid & Isabel

Ingrid & Isabel Black Off Shoulder Maternity Maxi

You can rent or buy this pretty maxi dress. The off-the-shoulder neckline makes it totally on-trend, while the elastic waistband and soft fabric make it comfy enough for a lengthy shoot.

Rent it: Starting from $30 (or free with an unlimited monthly subscription), RenttheRunway.com; or buy it: $118, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Courtesy PinkBlush Maternity

PinkBlush Maternity Chiffon Cold Shoulder Maternity Evening Gown

Feel like a goddess in this drapey dress. We love the maternity gown for a photo shoot with an ethereal vibe.

Buy it: $109, PinkBlushMaternity.com

Photo: Courtesy Kimi and Kai

Kimi and Kai Sonia Ombré Maternity Maxi Dress

How cool is this ombré gown? The gradient blue will draw all eyes to your bump, as will the side ruching.

Buy it: $88, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Courtesy ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Maternity Open Back Maxi Dress with Embellished Neck Trim

Who says maternity photo shoot dresses can’t be ultra-elegant? This sparkly emerald green gown suits an extra-formal portrait session.

Buy it: $72, ASOS.com

Photo: Courtesy Belly Boutique Designs

Belly Boutique Designs Julieta Maternity Dress for Photo Shoot

There’s a reason this maternity photo dress is an Etsy bestseller: It comes in dozens of colors for all tastes and the skirt overlay will beautifully frame your bump.

Buy it: Starting from $120, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy Rachel Pally

Rachel Pally Caftan Maternity Maxi Dress

Searching for a creative way to point to your belly? Look no further than V-neck maternity photo dresses. This sophisticated tied waistline also draws attention to the area.

Buy it: $170, Amazon.com

Photo: PinkBlush Maternity

PinkBlush Maternity Lace Mesh Overlay Plus Maxi Dress

PinkBlush Maternity sells tons of portrait-worthy maternity gowns, including plus size maternity dresses perfect for pictures.

Buy it: $95, PinkBlushMaternity.com

Photo: Courtesy ASOS

ASOS DESIGN Maternity Button Through Maxi Tea Dress

The buttons on this red-hot dress aren’t just super-stylish—they’ll help accentuate your belly.

Buy it: $64, ASOS.com

Photo: Courtesy Mother Bee

Mother Bee Maternity Short Sleeve Dress

Whether you love solid maternity photo shoot dresses or patterned ones, this classic style is for you. The short sleeve gown comes in a huge range of colors and prints. It’s also made right here in the USA.

Buy it: $30, Amazon.com

Sew Trendy Accessories Rainbow Maternity Gown

Celebrating a rainbow baby? Pay tribute to your little gift with a beautifully symbolic frock. This off-the-shoulder gown comes from a favorite Etsy shop for maternity photo shoot dresses.

Buy it: Starting from $544, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy PinkBlush Maternity

PinkBlush Maternity Strapless Lace Maternity Photo Shoot Dress

Here’s a slightly more alluring take on a maternity gown for a photo shoot. The strapless neckline suits warmer weather, while the sheer lace skirt is left open for bump-baring.

Buy it: $85, PinkBlushMaternity.com

Photo: Courtesy Tiffany Rose

Tiffany Rose Francesca Maternity Gown

Empire waist maternity shoot dresses are a baby bump’s best friend, since they sit comfortably above your growing belly. Wear this shimmering maternity gown for your photo shoot and beyond—it’s versatile enough for any formal occasion.

Buy it: $255, Nordstrom.com

Photo: Courtesy For 2 by Ramy Brook

FOR 2 by Ramy Brook Red Gabrielle Maternity Dress

This pleated dress will flow beautifully in a light breeze, which, as any pregnancy photography fan knows, is the perfect natural ambiance for a dreamy maternity shoot.

Rent it: Starting from $80 (or free with an unlimited monthly subscription), RenttheRunway.com

Photo: Courtesy Rachel Pally

Rachel Pally Ruched Maternity Dress

Prepare to turn heads in this sexy black gown with an adjustable neckline. The stretchy fabric can be worn off-the-shoulder, off one shoulder or as a bateau neck. Plus, the ruching placement is perfect for bump-framing.

Buy it: $170, Amazon.com

Photo: Courtesy Anyutas Couture

Anyutas Couture Sweetheart Maternity Dress

Show off your baby bump in this romantic maternity gown for a photo shoot or keep it covered—it comes in either option. It also comes in 35 colors, so you can truly customize your maternity photo shoot outfit.

Buy it: $73, Etsy.com

Photo: Courtesy PinkBlush Maternity

PinkBlush Maternity Rose Off Shoulder Wrap Maternity Photo Shoot Dress

Floral maternity photo shoot dresses are always fashionable options. Bonus: This mermaid gown is cinched in all the right places.

Buy it: $72, PinkBlushMaternity.com

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Published February 2019

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